Why not take your horse out for a walk?

People would never think of riding their dogs – true, most dogs are too small to be ridden!  But there are many other animals that could physically be ridden.  I often wonder why “the norm” is to see horses, first and foremost, as a means of transport rather than a companion. Why isn’t it “normal” to take your horse out for a walk?  

Taking the horses out for a walk – Part I from Lauren Sluyter Olsen on Vimeo.

I didn’t grow up with horses and am very far  from an “accomplished rider”.  However, I certainly enjoy riding with my friend, Super Star, and have been working to learn how to do so in a way that is comfortable and fun for both of us.  I love it when the rhythm is perfect, everything clicks, his ears are forward and we are moving as a unit.  Most of all, I love his clear expression of pride and joy when I get it right … as opposed to flopping all over the place!  Nonetheless, if I had to choose between riding and walking next to my dear friend, experiencing all the sounds and smells of the forest as he does, there is no contest – I would choose the walk.  And I have no doubt that Star agrees …  In the next video, it’s interesting to note the difference between Star’s reaction when we stop for a “nibble break” vs. the reaction of his friend, who rarely goes out for walks and apparently doesn’t fully know what to do with a nibble break:

Taking the horses out for a walk – Part II from Lauren Sluyter Olsen on Vimeo.

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